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Poland: “Wind of change” blowing for Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 24, 2011

 Installed Collector Area in Poland” While in most of Europe the solar heating and cooling market has been suffering from a decline in sales since 2009, Poland has experienced a slight growth in its national industry. According to data gathered by ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industry Federation), Poland was the 8th largest market for solar collectors in 2010. It has not had significant lows in newly installed collector area since 2000, but still needs a big jump forward to reach the target of 20 million m2 in 2020 (see chart). talked to Janusz Starościk, head of the Polish heating organisation SPIUG, which has made the push for solar energy part of its agenda.

Ukraine: “A Collector is trendy and shows a certain Lifestyle”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 19, 2011

Map of Ukraine” With an estimated market volume of 10,000 m2 in 2009, the solar thermal market in the Ukraine is still in its infancy. The two main customer groups are the new middle class and the tourism sector. By interviewing local collector manufacturers, German agency solrico analysed the potential of the Ukraine and its barriers to market development. The map shows the sites of the solar thermal manufacturers that took part in the survey.
Map: German Energy Agency 2009

Finland / Germany: T-Drill presented at Intersolar Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 9, 2011

 Timo Lehtonen, Sales Director at T-Drill” Munich's Intersolar in June was the first-ever German event at which Finnish company T-Drill O presented its machinery. With a focus on pipe processing for solar thermal absorbers, the company offers T-Drill machines, as well as pipe cutting, pipe end closing and end forming machines. The photo shows Timo Lehtonen, Sales Director at T-Drill, presenting the main component of a T-Drill machine: the tool that can drill and collar during a single production step.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Romania: Casa Verde Programme continues on 1 June

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 3, 2011

 Programul Casa Verde” The 1 June 2011 saw the relaunch of the Romanian subsidy Programme 'Casa Verde'. The programme, originally initiated in 2010, provides financial assistance for the installation of solar collectors, heat pumps or biomass heating systems in residential, governmental, public and religious buildings. The programme's budget is financed by the National Environmental Fund in Romania (Administraţia Fondului pentru Mediu). In 2011, Romanian Leu (RON) 735 million - EUR 175 million - have been made available for it. The programme was restarted with the same conditions as in 2010.

UAE: Large-scale Solar Thermal Systems directly at the beach

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 31, 2011

 Multi-storey buildings on “The Palm Jumeirah”” The first large solar thermal project of Viessmann in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has already been in operation for four years, and has not experienced any major technical problems during that time. In 2007, the German heating boiler manufacturer delivered and installed 3,000 m2 of flat plate collectors, type Vitosol 200 F, which provide a daily supply of 20,000 litres of hot water to multi-storey buildings on “The Palm Jumeirah” near Dubai, UAE. The collector fields were installed on the roofs of the 14 flat blocks situated directly at the beach of the Arabian Gulf. Backup heat is generated by wall-hung gas boilers.
Photo: Viessmann

ISH 2011: Solar Trends in the Heating Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 31, 2011

 ISH 2011” The ISH is becoming increasingly international. At the beginning of this March, the world´s largest trade fair for bathroom, building, energy and climate technology in Frankfurt, Germany, has counted significantly more international visitors than ever before. 35 % of the 204,000 trade visitors came from abroad (2009: 29 %), whereas the total number of visitors almost stagnated (+1.5 %). The ISH is the trade fair of the European heating industry. The five largest corporations - Bosch Thermotechnik, Vaillant, Viessmann from Germany, BDR Thermea, Netherlands, and Ariston from Italy - dominated Hall 8 with huge stands. presents some of the trends it discovered in the solar thermal product portfolio of Europe's heating business.
Photo: ISH 2011

France: Process Heat Application at Viessmann’s Faulquemont Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 17, 2011

 Viessmann factory in Faulquemont, France” German heating systems manufacturer Viessmann operates a solar process heat system at its factory in Faulquemont, France. 260 m2 of the new heat pipe vacuum tube collector Vitosol 200-T have been installed on the roof and at the facade of the building. The system is used for heating up an alkaline cleaning bath to up to 60°C, in order to degrease hot water storage units before enamelling.
Photo: Viessmann

Germany: Disparity between Photovoltaic and Solar Heating and Cooling increases

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2010

 Schueco Heating System” In Germany, the disparity between the photovoltaic market on the one side and the solar heating and cooling market on the other is increasing. “Whereas in 2004, the turnover of the PV sector with EUR 1.2 billion was twice as high as the turnover of the solar thermal industry, it rose to ten times the revenues of the solar heating and cooling sector last year,” Joachim Berner, journalist and solar thermal expert, argues in an article in Sonne Wind & Wärme.. In absolute figures: EUR 1.2 billion of solar heating and cooling versus EUR 11 billion of photovoltaics.
Figure: Schüco

German Heating Giant presents Selective Absorber Coating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2010

 Viessmann manager Stefan Hirzinger (right)” Viessmann manager Stefan Hirzinger (right) describes the company's new coating as, “one of the best selective coatings available on the market”. The product passed the accelerated life testing under the name Task X.
Photo: Joachim Berner

Turkey: Ezinc Celebrates a Total of 3,000,000 m2 of Produced Collector Area

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2010

 jubilee collector of Ezinc” Jubilee collector on display in the headquarters building: This collector panel completed in December 2009 the total of 3,000,000 m2 of produced collector area Turkish manufacturer Ezinc Metal San. has produced since it started production in 1983. Photo: Ezinc


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